White Knight Two, the mothership for SpaceShipTwo, made its maiden flight the day past. SpaceShipTwo is the ship in an effort to allow Virgin Galactic, the gap vacationer flights from Sir Richard Branson, a civilian flight to the sub-orbit and to expertise the feeling of zero gravity for six minutes.
White Knight Two, the operate to hold SpaceShipTwo as much as a certain top, where it should fend for herself and full the second phase of the mission. This ship, as the rest of the fleet of Virgin Galactic, is manufactured via Scaled Composites working completely for the first 12 months the tour operator.
VMS Eve, the title of the primary two White Knight Two are anticipated to fabricate, is provided with 4 Pratt & Whitney PW308A engines, which are in style in corporate jets just like the Gulfstream G200 and Falcon 2000DX, with the intention to deliver a complete of 27,600 pounds of force and the power to take off with a load of up to 17 thousand kilograms to a most altitude of 16,000 meters.
it’s expected that the first business flight of Virgin Galactic would be the finish of 2009. while the primary one hundred ‘tickets’ were sold to $ 200,000, the following will likely be offered four hundred to $ one hundred seventy five,000 and then promote the rest for $ 20,000. no person said to be ‘early adopter’ was once straightforward and economic.